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Outside Lands 2015: Playlist + 10 Must-See Acts That Aren’t Headliners

Another year, another adventure at Outside Lands awaits. Of the three years that I’ve been in San Francisco for this magical festival, this year’s lineup is arguably the most impressive. The headliners are about as diverse as they come: Elton John (to please the old school crowd), Mumford & Sons (to please the nostalgic crowd), The Black Keys (to please the rocker crowd), Sam Smith (to please the emotional crowd), and Kendrick Lamar (to please the hip-hop crowd). And yet there’s something appealing to the general music fan in all of these artist. Suffice it to say, they nailed it this year.

And that’s not just because of the big name headliners they’re bringing in. There is an amazing amount of rising stars in the smaller print names coming to the festival this year. To make sure you get the most out of your Outside Lands experience this year, we’ve picked 10 must-see acts who fall in the non-headliner category. And for fun, we’ve also put together an Outside Lands playlist to get you excited for the fun next weekend. Hit the jump to continue reading.

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Top Acts to See At Lollapalooza 2013


Summer is nearing its end, but summer music festivals still have some unfinished business. Lollapalooza in particular is coming up next weekend and what better to do than name all the great acts that are going to be there? The list is pretty freaking huge but I’m going to break down some of my top picks for each day. This will either help you out in forming your own schedule when you’re there or maybe I’m just putting salt in a wound since you can’t make it. Either way, hit the jump to check out the full list of top acts you need to see at Lollapalooza 2013.

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Saturday at Sunset: Bright Future

I’m not going to sit here and pretend that every week of my life is life-changing. This past week wasn’t really at all. I went to school. I did my work. I came home. I wrote some for the site. I turned in a college application. No big deal. I did realize some stuff, I guess. I realized how little I want to die. It’s weird; when you’re a kid, you don’t want to die because your parents tell you that you have a bright future or some shit. Like, all babies in the world could die, and they wouldn’t care. They might cry, but it’s not because they’re sad that they’re dying; it’ll be because they pooped their pants or don’t like drowning. But for me right now, this is my bright future, or I’m nearing it, at least. I don’t want to die because what’s happening right now is awesome, and I can actually see that the future will most likely be awesome, too. I don’t want to die because I’m young and motivated and want to accomplish so much. I don’t want to die because I want to try, and if I fail, I want to try again.

Hopefully, that made sense and wasn’t too offensive. Hopefully, it doesn’t inspire any baby murders. If it does, you missed the point entirely. The only thing separating the songs below from the normal Saturday at Sunset mini-mix is a cover and a .zip file. Download all of them, add them to your iTunes, plank on a million. We had a power outage last night, which is why this is a day late.

Quit harassing me.

  1. Professor Penguin – Past
  2. Wake! Owl – Gold
  3. Bwani Junction – Two Bridges
  4. Antonio Paul – City Dreams (shout out to Cooper from our Facebook page)
  5. Samuraj Cities – Arabic Jewelry
  6. Coasts – Drum Song
  7. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Boy Witch
  8. City Rain – Digeridoo
  9. Motopony – King of Diamonds
  10. [BONUS] Kanye West – Monster (TEACHERS Remix)

It makes me think that you want to go to come back, not to go.

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